a layer of sand or fine gravel for filling the gaps in the surfaces of a road or pavement, as one of crushed and compacted stone.

1350–1400; Middle English; see blind, -ing1

nonblinding, adjective
nonblindingly, adverb
unblinding, adjective
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blinding (ˈblaɪndɪŋ)
1.  sand or grit spread over a road surface to fill up cracks
2.  the process of laying blinding
3.  Also called: mattress a layer of concrete made with little cement spread over soft ground to seal it so that reinforcement can be laid on it
4.  making one blind or as if blind: blinding snow
5.  most noticeable; brilliant or dazzling: a blinding display of skill

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Word Origin & History

O.E. blind "blind," also "dark, obscure, unintelligent," probably sharing with blend a P.Gmc. base *blandjan "to blind" (cf. Du., Ger. blind, O.N. blindr, Goth. blinds "blind"), perhaps also "to make cloudy, deceive," from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see
bleach); cf. Lith. blendzas "blind," blesti "to become dark." The original sense, not of "sightless," but of "confused," perhaps underlies such phrases as blind alley. Of aviators flying without instruments or without clear observation, from 1919. The verb is O.E. blendan, influenced in M.E. by the adj. The noun meaning "anything that obstructs sight" is from 1530s. Blindman's bluff is from 1580s.
"The twilight, or rather the hour between the time when one can no longer see to read and the lighting of the candles, is commonly called blindman's holiday." [Grose, 1796]
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blind (blīnd)

  1. Unable to see; without useful sight.

  2. Having a maximal visual acuity of the better eye, after correction by refractive lenses, of one-tenth normal vision or less (20/200 or less on the Snellen test).

  3. Of, relating to, or for sightless persons.

  4. Closed at one end, as a tube or sac.

blind'ness n.
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